Exhibitions & Events
Meatball in Repose
Who knew Mary Poppins was around in the Renaissance? Or that ancient tombs can magically turn into aquariums filled with crabs and cows? The world is full of surprises, and some of them are now on display right here on Woodward Avenue.
Starting today, a selection of our animated classical paintings is lighting up a window of the beautiful Whitney Building. As part of the “Random Acts of Culture” series organized by CultureSource, our exhibition is designed to intrigue and inspire pedestrians in downtown Detroit. Projected on monitors inside ornamental picture frames, the images at first seem like familiar paintings. But a closer look reveals that the artworks are alive. From floating fish and a moving toy train to mythical apparitions, each painting reveals a hidden meaning ¬- which may or may not come in the form of a meatball. Look closely and you’re sure to find something unexpected in each scene.
The animations were created by Bryan Parcival and friends and assembled by the Seafoam Palace team. This project was made possible through CultureSource with the generous support of the Quicken Loans Community Fund and David Whitney Building. It’s on view 24 hours a day at least through the end of September.
Somewhere between flora and fauna, deep-sea darkness and blistering daylight roam the creatures of Kevin Evans like alien cave paintings come to slithering life. An artist based in San Francisco, Evans has been exploring the nether realms of his imagination for many years to create intricate and wondrous works for various publications and shows. We have asked him here to share a portrait gallery of his curious aberrations - a series he calls his Chimeras.
Navigating the Invisible: Phantom Islands
Join us in our hunt for marine apparitions through history and close to home.
Join us for the next round of short animated films on our lawn! Our annual series of summer screenings continues on Sunday, August 5 with strange marvels from all over the world. This is a free outdoor screening, bring a blanket or chair! We'll be there at 8 pm, films will start at dusk at around 9. Please check our facebook page in case of rain. All ages welcome - see you there!
Art, Anomalies and Shadow Puppets; stop by for some hot cider!
Animated Curiosities Series
The program of short films is curated by award-winning animator Bryan Papciak and includes rarely seen marvels from Eastern Europe, Asia, Detroit … and a magical island. This is a free outdoor screening; feel free to bring a blanket or chair!
If you recently saw a strange, glowing apparition along the Detroit waterfront, chances are you encountered a phantom island. Probably a phantom island conjured by the Seafoam Palace. Blending local history with a dose of intraterrestrial fantasy, our event Islands of the Hollow Earth floated up an eastside canal as part of the Totems Arts Festival on August 5.